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Alan Currie Parker Notice
PARKER, ALAN CURRIE, 77, of Winter Park passed away on October 29, 2011. He was born on October 15, 1934 in Lowell, Massachusetts to Helen C. and Stanley W. Parker. Alan was a proud graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School and Amherst College. After graduation he was accepted into U.S. Navy OCS and was commissioned an Ensign in October, 1956. He served as air and radar target intelligence officer based at Sanford Naval Air Station and aboard aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. After leaving active duty in 1959, he remained a drilling reservist for another 23 years, retiring as CAPT USNR. In 1960 he co-founded a public accounting and small business consulting practice in Red Bank, NJ with Dick Spearel. They subsequently opened Colpitts Travel Center and also purchased, leased, and managed rental income properties. Alan moved to Winter Park, FL in 1969 to become president of Amherst Development, Inc, the developer of the 93-unit Cloisters Condominium on Lake Osceola. He later founded Alan Parker Realty, Inc. which earned a reputation for honesty, integrity, fair dealing and attention to detail. In 1975 he joined Congressman Lou Frey's staff as district representative and then served as campaign coordinator when he ran for Governor. At the end of the campaign, Alan returned to APRI offering real estate brokerage, property and project management services until his retirement in 2002. His signature talent was identifying an income property with potential, participating in a partnership to purchase, and managing the acquisition. Alan took great pride in being a "downtown Winter Park citizen". His offices were within a block of Central Park during his 35 year real estate career and he built his retirement home adjacent to his office in 2002. He enjoyed his daily walks along the Avenue and patronizing restaurants throughout the city. Alan's behind-the-scenes involvement in civic affairs included serving on the Real Estate & Facilities Task Force, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Advisory Board, the Master Plan Steering Committee for Mead Garden. He was also a board member of the Park Avenue Area Association (PAAA), charter director and membership chair of the Orange Avenue Business Association (OABA) and a member of the Hannibal Square Association. His dedication to the Winter Park Chamber including service as trustee, director and member of the executive committee, together with his community service, prompted his designation as the Winter Park Chamber's 2007 Citizen of the Year. Alan was a Winter Park Rotarian and a board member of the Lou Frey Institute of Politics & Government at UCF. He was proud of serving as inaugural SINKSOFA and as a charter member of the "Fountain Club" and the "Grouper Group". He held a commercial pilot license with instrument rating for many years and was an avid traveler, visiting 38 states and numerous countries during his life. Alan was predeceased by his parents and his beloved sister, Eleanor "Ellie" Parker Cushman. He is survived by Eleanor's four children to whom he was much more than an uncle, Jennifer Kelly of Rockville, MD, Laura (Manuel) Goty of Portland, OR, Andrea (Brian) Blackburn of Queensbury, NY and Paul Cushman of McLean, VA, their five children and a multitude of friends. A celebration of Alan's life will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the University Club (Winter Park, Florida). The family will have a private graveside service at an earlier date. Please consider a donation to Habitat for Humanity-Winter Park/Maitland in lieu of flowers. Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home in Winter Park, FL. entrusted with arrangements.

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Nov. 2, 2011
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